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English Entrance Requirements for International Students

Payments-alert-icon-40 English Entrance Requirements and Equivalencies For Each Program

­­English is the primary language of instruction at VCC. All applicants are required to demonstrate the appropriate level of English language proficiency to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English entrance requirements vary by program. Refer to the English Entrance Requirements for International Students chart to find out what English equivalencies are accepted by each program. ­­­­­­­­

All applicants using external credentials (e.g. degrees, credits or test scores) to meet VCC's English language requirements must provide proof upon application. The admission requirements and the English language proficiency equivalencies accepted may be subject to change. Refer to VCC’s website for the most updated information. 


Students who have completed three (3) years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education in an English-speaking country where English is the primary language of instruction may meet VCC’s English language requirements by completing a high school or university English course with specific grades according to the program-specific English requirements stated in the above chart. Refer to the list of English-speaking countries.

High School English
The required high school English grades may vary by program. Refer to the English Entrance Requirements for International Students for program-specific requirements. English as a Second Language (ESL) and transfer (TS) courses from non-English speaking countries are not considered in the three-year calculation.

University English
Students who have completed an undergraduate English of three (3) credits in an English-speaking country may meet VCC’s English language requirements. The required grades vary by program. Refer to the above chart for program-specific university English requirements.

Canadian degree
Students who have been awarded a degree from an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution where English is the language of instruction are considered to have met the language proficiency requirements for all VCC programs. University degrees with at least 3-years of face-to-face non-ESL instruction, obtained from an English-speaking country where English is the language of instruction, may be accepted as an equivalency.


Students who have not completed three (3) years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education in an English-speaking country where English is the primary language of instruction may meet VCC’s English language requirements with the following:

University English

Students who have completed an undergraduate English of three (3) credits in an English-speaking country may meet VCC’s English language requirements. The required grades vary by program. Refer to the above chart for program-specific university English requirements.

English Tests and Validity

External tests such as CAEL, Cambridge Assessment, IELTS and TOEFL are accepted, in addition to VCC’s English Assessments. External English test scores are valid for 2 years. The test scores must be valid at the time a complete application is received at VCC.

BC EAL Articulation

Students may meet VCC’s English language requirements by completing VCC English courses, or equivalent according to the BC EAL Articulation Guide.

Pathway certificates

ILAC and ILSC Pathway Certificates are valid for 2 years, and must be valid on the requested VCC program start dates.


Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. ESL courses are not included in the three-year calculation.

List of English-Speaking Countries

American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, United States Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe



CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test), Cambridge Assessment, Duolingo English Test, IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT are accepted as external test options for meeting VCC's English entrance requirements. 

Remember to submit your test scores to VCC.

Other equivalencies may also be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Submit a complete application to confirm if English entrance requirements are met.

 

Study English to Meet the Requirements

If you do not meet VCC's English admissions requirements, you may study at VCC's ESL Pathway program, or at VCC's partner language schools (ILAC or ILSC) to meet VCC's requirements. 


VCC ESL/EAL Courses

Applicants may use Duolingo English Test results to meet VCC's English language requirements for the following ESL/EAL pathway courses.

Course CodeCourse NameDuolingo
ELSK 0915 ESL Listening & Speaking 9 115-120 (min. 115 in both Conversation and Literacy)
ELSK 0920 ESL Reading & Writing 9 115-120 (min. 115 in both Conversation and Literacy)
ELSK 0925 EAL Pathway to University Transfer English 115-120 (min. 115 in both Conversation and Literacy)
ELSK 0815 ESL Listening & Speaking 8 105-110 in Conversation
ELSK 0820 ESL Reading & Writing 8 105-110 in Literacy
ELSK 0715 ESL Listening & Speaking 7 95-100 in Conversation
ELSK 0720 ESL Reading & Writing 7 95-100 in Literacy
ELSK 0615 ESL Listening & Speaking 6 75-90 in Conversation
ELSK 0620 ESL Reading & Writing 6 75-90 in Literacy
ELSK 0515 ESL Listening & Speaking 5 55-70 in Conversation
ELSK 0520 ESL Reading & Writing 5 55-70 in Literacy

Register in VCC ESL Pathway Courses

Program seats are reserved for domestic students. Any remaining seats may be made available to international students after the domestic student registration finishes, typically a couple of weeks before classes begin. Due to the limitation of international seats, only applicants with a valid study permit may apply. Conditional admission is not available.

Meeting VCC's Academic Program English Requirements

Upon completion of VCC English courses with a minimum grade, students may meet the English language requirements. For more details, check the VCC ESL or English courses list. Conditional admission to VCC Academic Programs is not available.

Questions? Ready to apply? Contact study@vcc.ca for more details.


VCC Programs Eligible for Conditional Admission

Applicants can apply for conditional admission for the following programs if applying to VCC with the enrolment letters from ILAC and meet all other admission requirements. Pathway Certificates are valid for 2 years, and must be valid on the requested VCC program start dates.

Program NameILAC Level
Accounting Diploma PW 3.3
Administrative Professional Certificate PW 3.2
Associate of Science (Computer Science Pathway) PW 3.3
Automotive Collision and Refinishing Diploma PW 2.2
Automotive Service Technology Diploma PW 3.1
Bachelor of Hospitality Management PW 3.3
Baking and Pastry Arts Certificates PW 2.2
Business and Project Management Post-Degree Diploma PW 3.3
Business Management Post-Degree Diploma PW 3.3
CAD & BIM Technicians Diploma PW 3.2
Computer Systems Technology Diploma PW 3.2
Cosmetology Diploma PW 2.2
Culinary Arts Diploma PW 2.2
Electronics Repair Technology Diploma PW 3.1
Esthetics and Spa Therapy Certificate PW 2.2
Hairstylist Certificate PW 2.2
Hospitality Management Diploma PW 3.2
Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate PW 3.2
Marketing Technology Diploma PW 3.3
Medical Office Assistant Certificate PW 3.2
Network Security Advanced Certificate PW 3.3
Network Technology, Administration and Security Post-Degree Diploma PW 3.3
Optician Diploma PW 3.3
University Transfer Certificates PW 3.3
VR/AR Design and Development Diploma PW 3.3

 

VCC Programs NOT Eligible for Conditional Admission

Applicants must complete the required levels and meet all other academic requirements before applying to VCC. No conditional admission is available for the following programs. Pathway Certificates are valid for 2 years, and must be valid on the requested VCC program start dates.

Program NameILAC Level
Bachelor of Applied Music PW 3.3
Dance Diploma PW 2.2
Dental Technology Sciences Diploma PW 3.3
Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma PW 3.3
Fashion Design and Production Diploma PW 3.2
Graphic Design Diploma PW 3.2
Jewellery Art and Design Diploma PW 3.2
Music Diploma PW 3.3

 

ILAC's Contact Information

Website: www.ilac.com

Send a message from ILAC's website to request more information.


VCC Programs Eligible for Conditional Admission

Applicants can apply for conditional admission for the following programs if applying to VCC with the enrolment letters from ILSC and meet all other admission requirements. Pathway Certificates are valid for 2 years, and must be valid on the requested VCC program start dates.

Program NameILSC Level
Accounting Diploma A2
Administrative Professional Certificate A2
Associate of Science (Computer Science Pathway) A2
Automotive Collision and Refinishing Diploma I3
Automotive Service Technology Diploma A1
Bachelor of Hospitality Management A2
Baking and Pastry Arts Certificates I3
Business and Project Management Post-Degree Diploma A2
Business Management Post-Degree Diploma A2
CAD & BIM Technicians Diploma A2
Computer Systems Technology Diploma A2
Cosmetology Diploma I3
Culinary Arts Diploma I3
Electronics Repair Technology Diploma A1
Esthetics and Spa Therapy Certificate I3
Hairstylist Certificate I3
Hospitality Management Diploma A2
Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate A2
Marketing Technology Diploma A2
Medical Office Assistant Certificate A2
Network Security Advanced Certificate A2
Network Technology, Administration and Security Post-Degree Diploma A2
Optician Diploma A2
University Transfer Certificates A2
VR/AR Design and Development Diploma A2

 

VCC Programs NOT Eligible for Conditional Admission

Applicants must complete the required levels and meet all other academic requirements before applying to VCC. No conditional admission is available for the following programs. Pathway Certificates are valid for 2 years, and must be valid on the requested VCC program start dates.

Program NameILSC Level
Bachelor of Applied Music I3
Dance Diploma A2
Dental Technology Sciences Diploma A2
Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma A2
Fashion Design and Production Diploma A2
Graphic Design Diploma A2
Jewellery Art and Design Diploma A2
Music Diploma A2

 

ILSC's Contact Information

Website: www.ilsc.com 

Send a message from ILSC's website to request more information.

Did you study ESL/EAL at another B.C. institution? Refer to the BC EAP level listed on the English Entrance Requirements page, and search the EAP Level on BC Transfer Guide to check equivalency.

 

Submit Test Scores to VCC

Remember to request your scores to be submitted to VCC for your application to be reviewed.

 

CAEL

Request your CAEL Official Score Report by providing VCC's details when registering CAEL, or up to 1 business day before your scores are posted on the CAEL website. Check the CAEL website for more details.

 

Cambridge Assessment

Provide your test details, such as Cambridge centre, candidate numbers, and the relevant examination series (identified by month and year e.g. June 2014) so we may verify your results. Check the Cambridge Assessment website for more details.

 

Duolingo English Test

Request the Duolingo results to be sent directly to VCC - International Student Admission, and inform VCC once it is requested. Results are typically released to VCC within 48 hours of the request. Check the Duolingo English Test website for more details.

 

IELTS Academic

Submit the IELTS Test Report with your application. A screenshot of the score on the IELTS website is not accepted, unless the Test Report Form (TRF) number is provided. Check the IELTS website for more details.

 

TOEFL iBT

Submit the TOEFL iBT score report with your application. A screenshot of the score on the TOEFL website is not accepted, unless the Appointment Number is provided. Check the TOEFL website for more details.